Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for August 18, 2014:
- In the past few months, Twitter has been re-making itself in the image of Facebook. The latest test has Twitter adding tweets to your timeline that you didn’t post, favorite, retweet or even see before. The tweets are either posts favorited by people you follow or even the people THEY follow. Once Twitter has inserted these tweets into your timeline, there’s no way to remove them. Read more at mashable.com.
- On Friday, the social-travel startup JetPac revealed on its site that it has been purchased by Google and that it will remove its app from the Apple App Store soon. Support for the app will end on September 15, according to Reuters. Read more at reuters.com.
- The personal information of some 4.5 million people has been apparently hacked in an attack originating in China. A healthcare company called Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 American states, reported the breach today. Read more at recode.net.
- Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has launched MIUI 6 -- new newest version of its custom Android software -- to a small group of beta testers. The skin makes Android look more like iOS 7 and improves upon the notification center. The cheerful-looking new software will ship with new Xiaomi hardware soon. David Gilbert is the technology editor at the International Business Times UK, and he's here to chat with us about Xiaomi's changes and ambitions. Read more at liliputing.com.
- A software developer slash mom got fed up with her kids not calling her back. So she created an app that locks their phones until they return her calls. And now she’s sharing it with the world. It’s called Ignore No More. The app enables parents to choose whether to lock or not lock their kids’ phones. When locked, the phone can be used for only two purposes -- making emergency calls, and calling mom back. Ignore No More is for Android only and costs $1.99. Read more at ignoremenomoreapp.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 18, 2014.